UN warns of police violence in Belgium: racist alarm

The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) has said that racism and violence among Belgian police are alarming and called for a full investigation.

A committee of 18 human rights experts examined the situation in Belgium, providing findings and recommendations on the situation in the countries party to the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination.

CERD, Belgian police noted an increase in reports of violence, ethnic profile and expression of hatred.

The committee cited recent coronavirus measures and anti-racist demonstrations as examples.

Stressing the alarming news, the committee called for a comprehensive and independent investigation into police racism. CERD also suggested that the Belgian government immediately ban ethnicity.

CERD has previously called for more lasting measures and practices against police violence, structural racism and foreign hostility in Belgium.

The committee called for more police force for people of different ethnicities.

Belgian police are often targeted for allegations of ill-treatment of protesters, prisoners and civilians. The 23-year-old is from Sierra Leone in January last year Ibrahim BarrieHe died after being arrested by Brussels police.

Again in the capital Brussels, in 2019, a 19-year-old Moroccan man of Moroccan origin, died as a result of hitting a police vehicle due to fleeing his motorcycle.

A 17-year-old man a few months after the incident Mehdi was shot and killed by a young police officer named.

In a video released last year, a Slovak businessman arrested at Brussels’ Charleroi Airport in 2018 was found to have been abused in his cell and a female police officer greeted the Nazis.

A 39-year-old man fell into a coma after abusing his arrest Joseph Chovanecdied a few days later. While the investigation into the incident was underway, the airport police chief was temporarily fired.

In protest against the measures Covid tear gas and used water cannon and batons of the police, was the target of violence charge.

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